|Project by JoesBetterHalf||posted 10-12-2013 12:54 AM||1711 views||19 times favorited||19 comments|
After making and posting my argyle cutting board to facebook, a friend of mine suggested I make a plaid cutting board. I had thought about it before, but since she showed interest, I figured I’d give it a shot. It would either be totally amazing or a complete failure.
I browsed some images online until I found a pattern that I liked and that was simple enough to execute through wood. I did a few sketches just to get the measurements the way I liked.
1. I made the center square out of purpleheart and walnut. I cut three 1” wide strips of purpleheart and sandwiched two 1/4” pieces of walnut between them. Glue and clamp together and set aside.
2. I made the lighter squares from maple and walnut. Again, I cut three 1” wide strips of maple and sandwiched the 1/4” walnut between. Glue and clamp and set aside.
3. Plane the two glue-ups.
4. Using the cross-cut sled, I cut three 1” strips of purpleheart/walnut and eight 1 1/2” strips of maple/walnut. Set aside.
5. For the corners I used some left-over 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” pieces of walnut which I had cut for one of my argyle boards. You will need 16.
6. Sandwich 1 1/2” long pieces of yellowheart between the pieces of walnut. You should have 8 clamped up pieces.
7. Glue 1/4” pieces of yellowheart between two of your cut pieces of wanut, making sure you line up your walnut strips. Clamp and wait.
8. Glue 1/4” strips of walnut between the three purpleheart pieces. Clamp and wait.
9. Once the glue has set up on the walnut/yellowheart squares, unclamp. Then glue yellowheart between two of the pieces you just unclamped and re-clamp.
10. Once your pieces are assembled, square up on the tablesaw… unless, of course, you cut perfectly and can line them up perfectly.
11. Glue up the 9 squares. Walnut/yellowheart, Maple/Walnut, Walnut/Yellowheart…. Maple/Walnut, Purpleheart/walnut, Maple/Walnut…Walnut/Yellowheart, Maple/Walnut, Walnut/Yellowheart. Make sure the little stripes all line up. Clamp and wait.
12. Square up those pieces as well.
13. Glue the three pieces together and clamp.
14. I applied a border of 1/4” purpleheart. I thought it looked a little plain and unfinished without it.
15. Plane the board. Very light cuts!
17. Finish with mineral oil… or whatever you prefer.
Please feel free to ask any questions… I’m a nurse, not a teacher (for very good reason)!